NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019
Kritika Tyagi, 22 Aug 2018, #NEET

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 – National Testing Agency (NTA), the regulatory body for NEET 2019 will be determining the NEET 2019 eligibility criteria for the first time. Aspirants of NEET 2019 seeking admission to the medical, dental and AYUSH courses at the undergraduate level are advised to check the eligibility criteria of NEET 2019.

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The prerequisites given here are in accordance with those specified by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) based on the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997 (amended in 2018), and the judgement of the High Court of Delhi as passed on May 11, 2018. NEET eligibility criteria 2019 will specify the age limit, academic qualifications, nationality and other mandatory requirements which must be met by all the aspirants. NEET 2019 will be held on May 5 in a single shift. Candidates who will not meet NEET 2019 eligibility criteria will become ineligible for the forthcoming sessions of the entrance exam.

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The mode of the NEET medical entrance exam is offline only which implies NEET UG will be a pen and paper exam. The NEET 2019 application forms will be released on November 1 and will be available till November 30. Since NEET is the gateway for approximately 65,000 MBBS and 25,000 seats, it is very important for interested candidates to be familiar with the NEET eligibility criteria 2019 before filling the application form. Candidates can check the eligibility criteria of NEET 2019 in this article.


Who is eligible to take NEET 2019?

Candidates who are citizens of India, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs and foreign nationals are eligible to take NEET 2019. Since NEET was made mandatory for candidates who wish to study medicine abroad, therefore, such candidates will be required to fill the NEET 2019 application form. The eligibility criteria of NEET 2019 such as age requirement, educational qualification, and the number of attempts limit can be checked below.


NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria – Quick Facts



Qualifying Exam

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subjects in both Classes 11 and 12 from a recognized board.

Minimum Age Requirement

17 years as on December 31, 2019.

Candidates must be born on or before January 1, 2003.

Maximum Age Limit

Not more than 25 years of age for unreserved category candidates and 30 years of age for reserved and PwD category candidates (Case pending before Supreme Court; final criteria will be notified with the release of NEET application form 2019)

Qualifying Marks

UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST - 40%, PWD - 45% (minimum aggregate marks only for PCB subjects)

Maximum Attempts

No limit on the permitted number of attempts.


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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - Age Requirement

As per the NEET 2019 eligibility criteria, a candidate is required to complete 17 years of age either at the time of admission or else on or before December 31, 2019. The candidates belonging to unreserved category must not be more than 25 years of age to fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria 2019 for February session. The reserved category and PwD candidates must not be more than 30 years of age. The upper age limit norm of NEET has been challenged in the Supreme Court but no final decision has been taken on the same. CBSE, the conducting body of NEET 2018, had reintroduced the upper age limit criteria of 25 years for the unreserved candidates and 30 years for reserved category candidates but this was later temporarily removed as per the Delhi High Court's verdict on April 26, 2018. As a result, the unreserved category candidates with age more than 25 years were allowed to take the test. However, the age criterion was upheld by the Delhi High Court in the judgment passed on May 11, 2018.


NEET 2018 Age criteria

S. No.


Minimum Age Criteria

Maximum Age Criteria


For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR)

Born on or before January 1, 2003

Not more than 25 years on day of exam (to be confirmed shortly)


For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category

Born on or before January 1, 2003

Not more than 30 years on day of exam (to be confirmed shortly)

Qualifying Marks for NEET 2019

  • To fulfil the NEET eligibility criteria 2019, candidate must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually in the qualifying examination

  • Candidates belonging to the unreserved category should score a minimum required percentage of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.

  • Candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) should score a minimum of 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in aggregate in the qualifying examination.

  • For persons with locomotor disability of lower limbs, a minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH are required in aggregate across Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology.

NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria - Minimum Required Percentage


PCB aggregate marks in qualifying examination





Unreserved- PH


NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria for NRI/Foreign students

In order to be eligible for NEET 2019, it is mandatory for candidates to pass Class 12 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English. The candidates who have completed their education from outside the country must fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria 2019. The last examination passed by these candidates must be equivalent to Class 12 qualification from other countries. Candidates should have Physics, Chemistry, and Biology including practical test in each of these subjects and English in the qualifying examination.


NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 – Number of Attempts

The cap on the number of attempts was removed for NEET 2018 and it is likely that it will not be applicable for 2019 as well. As per the NEET 2019 eligibility criteria, candidates can appear for the entrance exam as many times as they wish provided they fulfill the above-mentioned criteria. Aspirants can appear for NEET 2019 twice in a year for the first time. However, only one attempt is allowed in one session.


NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - 15% All India Quota seats/Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC and AFMC Colleges

  • Candidates who fall under these categories - Indian Nationals, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats considering they have qualified the entrance exam.

  • Candidates belonging to J&K state are not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats except for those candidates who have filled a self-declaration form. The form must be submitted along with the NEET 2019 application form. The submission of self-declaration form implies that a candidate who wishes to participate in the counselling for 15% All India Quota seats simultaneously becomes ineligible for the home state seats. These candidates will be eligible for the seats of Deemed Universities, ESIC and AFMC colleges.

  • The 85% seats of DU and Institutional Quota seats of AMU will be reserved for candidates who have completed Class 10 and 12 from Delhi and AMU respectively.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - 85% State Quota seats

  • The 85% state quota seats as the name suggests includes the 85% seats of the government colleges of the states/union territories. The counselling for such seats will be conducted by the authorities concerned. In order to be eligible for state quota seats, candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria as laid down by each authority of the state/union territory. Some states and union territory will also require of the candidate to prove the domicile.

  • The admission to private colleges will also be subject to the policies of the State/Union Territory.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - FAQs


Question: I have a gap year between Class 11 and 12. Will I be eligible for NEET 2019?

Answer: Yes, candidates with a gap year will be eligible for NEET 2019. Earlier, MCI made amendments to the “Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997” in which it was specified that a student must undergo continuous two years of study to become eligible to take NEET. However, this amendment was removed by the Delhi High Court and candidates with gap year can appear for NEET 2019 for now.


Question: Are NIOS students eligible for NEET 2019?

Answer: NIOS students are eligible to take NEET 2019 as the clause which barred such students was removed by the High Court of Delhi.


Question: I will complete 25 years of age in March 2019. Will I be eligible for the February session of NEET?

Answer: The exact date for NEET upper age limit has not been revealed by NTA as yet. Since the exam is conducted in two sessions ie. February and May, therefore, it is likely that the date will be set one day prior to the exam date of May session. However, the Supreme Court verdict in the matter is currently awaited.


Question: In Class 11 and 12, I had Biology as an additional subject. Does that make me ineligible for NEET 2019?

Answer: This clause was introduced by MCI for NEET 2018 but was overruled by the Delhi High Court which means that the students with Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject in Class 11 and 12 are eligible for NEET 2019.


Question: Will NTA consider my Class 12 marks for NEET 2019?

Answer: Candidates will be required to score the minimum required percentage to become eligible for NEET 2019. It must be noted that the minimum required percentage in Class 12 will only make candidates eligible to appear for NEET 2019 but not assure qualification in the exam.

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